Letter | False Rumor Calls for Clarification

Published : Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | 7:27 PM

The Pasadena Casting Club is seeking to regain full use of the south end of the casting pond in Lower Arroyo Park. So far, the process has taken us through a hearing at the Urban Forestry Advisory Committee and now we are waiting for a decision from City Manager Steve Mermell. Along the way, a persistent and false rumor has started circulating that calls for clarification.

The rumor is that the Casting Club seeks to expand its area of operations- and the rumor is patently untrue. The truth is that the Club is trying to reverse encroachment on a defined area of activity that has been contractually recognized by the City of Pasadena since 1947. That’s right: the boundaries of the Club have been in place for over seventy years. Removing an encroachment from the Club’s grounds does not constitute an expansion.

The issue stems from the Arroyo Seco Public Lands Ordinance of 1990. Article II of that ordinance does two things: 1) establish a natural preservation area that includes Lower Arroyo Park and 2) specifically designate casting as a permitted low intensity use within its defined activity area. In other words, the Casting Club is a permitted recreational activity that takes place in the context of a naturalized setting. It follows that the rules of preservation are suspended to the extent that they preclude the permitted activity.

The ordinance goes on to state that existing uses may not expand and opponents to the Club’s petition, primarily the Arroyo Seco Foundation, are attempting to use that language against us. We reject their interpretation and will continue to assert our right to deliver casting activities for the benefit of the greater Pasadena community. To do that, we need full use of the south end of the casting pond. We ask for nothing more- or less.

Yours truly,

C. Eric Callow, Public Relations Chair
Pasadena Casting Club

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